This spring, six student directors have selected five plays to bring to the Ballard stage, all of which explore what it’s like when reality itself comes into question.
Elliot Jakupcak directs Sure Thing by David Ives, a comedy that follows two strangers in a coffee shop who navigate a conversation with something no one else gets: the chance to start over when you say the wrong thing.
Ella Papineau directs The Yellow Wallpaper by Cameron Colwell and Georgia Drinan. Based on the chilling short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, this play follows a new mother confined to her bed as she tries to make sense of the figure she keeps seeing in the pattern on her bedroom walls.
Autumn Bailey directs The Support Group from Hell by Jeffrey Harr, a dark comedy that follows a teen who joins a support group with members that are far more strange (and possibly supernatural) than she was expecting.
Izzy Rampersad and Milo Palmer co-direct The Hallmarks of Horror by Peter Bloedel. In this “whirlwind tour of horror tropes,” scientists attempt to explain what makes scary movies as scary as possible. The resulting demonstration is much more ridiculous than intended.
Up, All the Way Up? is a new play written and directed by Rose Champion, which follows a woman in the late 19th century as she writes the obituary for the peculiar and mysterious death of a millionaire on a mountain.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
May 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21
This beloved comedy written by William Shakespeare c. 1595 or 1596 is set in Athens, and consists of several subplots that revolve around Theseus and Hippolyta’s marriage.
One subplot involves a conflict between four Athenian lovers.
Another follows a group of six amateur actors rehearsing the play which they are to perform before the wedding. Both groups find themselves in a forest inhabited by fairies who manipulate the humans and are engaged in their own domestic intrigue.
The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and is widely performed.
Beauty and The Beast!
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Our 2021-2022 theatrical season
The Ballard High School Playmakers have announced the theatrical line-up for the school year:
Fall: We’ve had to cancel our fall play. Due to the pandemic and newest guidelines, we are unable to hold live performances until after November.
Winter/Spring 2022: Beauty and the Beast musical
Revisit Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, featuring music from the beloved animated film and new songs written just for the stage version!
March 17, 18, 19 and 24, 25, 26
Spring 2022: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Theseus and Hippolyta prepare to marry, a misunderstanding erupts amongst lovers, and an acting troupe prepares for the stage—all under the watchful eyes of mischievous fairies.
May 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21
Buy a Seat Campaign
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“Buy” a seat in the Performing Arts Center for $50 and we will place a plaque with your name on the arm. You can use the opportunity to remember a loved one, print a favorite verse or name of a performer, or simply mark your thoughtfulness. These funds will contribute significantly to the Ballard High School theatre.
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Meet the Director - Theater
Shawn M. Riley (Director of Theatre) is in his seventh year at Ballard High School, coming to Seattle after a long successful stint at Capital High School in Olympia, WA.
A graduate of Minot State University (Major: Bs.Ed.in English and Communication Arts, Minor: Humanities), he also studied Art History and Classical Studies at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, finally receiving his MFA in Directing and Acting from The University of Portland. While at UP, Mr. Riley was nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and was twice named one of the top 15 actors in the nation by the American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This achievement coupled with his achievements in the music department led to the creation of “The Shawn M. Riley Award” for outstanding contribution to Theatre and Music. This award is given annually to a graduating senior.
Mr. Riley has directed and designed at the high school, university, and community levels with some of his favorite projects being Lonely Planet, The Love of The Nightingale, Les Miserables, Little Women: The Musical, Cabaret, Songs for A New World, A New Brain, and Batboy. Graduates of Mr. Riley’s have gone onto major acting and performance schools in the country which have led them to Broadway, film, and television. He could not be more proud of their successes.
With over 70 shows under his belt, multiple 5th Avenue Musical Theatre nominations (including four Best Musical and Best Director nods), invitations to participate in the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland (2007 and 2013), Mr. Riley is a proud performer and instructor who can be heard touting his students’ accomplishments by saying, “I don’t do high school theatre. I do theatre with high school students!”
Mr. Shawn M. Riley
Director of Theatre
Ballard High School